- Kristen Clarke: High court ruling on Voting Rights Act has harsh repercussions for 2016
- Voting rights advocates play "Whac-a-mole" with suppressive state measures, she says
Kristen Clarke is president and executive director of the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which leads the Election Protection program and 866-OUR-VOTE hotline for voters. The views expressed in this commentary are hers.
(CNN)While some Americans are already posting selfies online with "I Voted" stickers from early voting, too many more may find it difficult to exercise their rights at the polls November 8. Americans should be on the lookout for violations of voters' rights next week, now that the US Supreme Court has stripped away many of the protections of the Voting Rights Act. Local officials in a number of states have already taken steps that could well discourage or outright suppress voting across the country.